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Multicultural Issues in Clinical Practice

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 12:20 PM
  • 120 Commonwealth Ave. (Between Euclid & Geary) S.F., CA. 94118 (bus-lines: #38 Geary and #1 California)
Presented by The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work in joint sponsorship with The Sanville Institute and the California Society for Clinical Social Work 

You are warmly invited to our upcoming program on Multicultural Issues in Clinical Practice, with guest speaker Zonya Johnson, PhD., Dean of the Sanville Institute, Berkeley.  The program is put on by the Northern CA Chapter of the AAPCSW (American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work), co-sponsored by the Sanville Institute and the California Society for Clinical Social Work.

Description: In this presentation Dr. Johnson will explore the interface between the cultural values of the therapist and the client. The interactions fueled by these differences often go unnamed, and can generate a spectrum of issues in the clinical space. Dr. Johnson suggests that the goal of maintaining a relationally neutral stance in the therapeutic relationship may be both impossible and undesirable from a cultural perspective. From her viewpoint, understanding the cultural context and the role of unacknowledged privilege and bias can be pivotal to generating positive therapeutic outcome.

This seminar is timely, as we are all struggling to deepen our understanding of cultural bias. The meeting promises to be lively, stimulating and useful to therapists in a variety of settings, and hopefully will help clarify aspects of our own fears and prejudices. Please join us. Your participation has helped build a supportive community where we can feel safe speaking openly. We look forward to seeing you.

About the Presenter: Dr. Zonya Johnson is Dean of the Sanville Institute, Berkeley, California. She is a Clinical Psychologist with an esteemed background, who has worked as a clinician, consultant, professor, and writer. She began her early work in Boston as an Instructor of Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In the 80's, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Johnson was Faculty Chair of the Wright Institute in Berkeley. In addition, Dr. Johnson maintains a culturally diverse clinical practice of psychotherapy in the Rockridge area of Oakland, with individuals and couples, including work with severely mentally ill patients and substance abusers. As a consultant with graduate students, clinicians and agency administrators she is often recruited to facilitate the process of developing cultural competence. A dynamic speaker, who integrates her knowledge of humanistic, relational and psychodynamic theories, Dr Johnson’s presentation promises to be compelling.


These popular programs take place in a living room and offer the opportunity for a more informal exchange with the speaker and with one another.  Feel free to invite friends and colleagues.  Seating is limited and these programs tend to fill up. So please be sure to RSVP ASAP to: SFAAPCSW@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Coffee & refreshments provided:  Program cost $15. 
(Cash or check to NIPER) No one turned away for lack of funds.
Home office of Gabie Berliner, PhD, LCSW

2.5 CE credits offered to LCSW’S, MFT’S, and Psychologists by the Sanville Institute: BBS CE Provider #PCE 272 for LCSWs and MFTs The Sanville Institute is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing education for psychologists in California and maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA PAS SAN 150

CEU Cost $15.

(for CEU’s:  Cash or Check to Sanville Institute)

The Sanville Institute is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing education for psychologists in California and maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA PAS SAN 150.

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work  Website:  https://www.aapcsw.org/


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